“Call Me Maybe” is one of the worst songs in recent memory. It reminds me of my aversion toward Michael Buble a few years ago, although that was driven more an obsessed fan in my lab who would play his music three times a day rather than the music itself (which was admittedly a bit catchy). Now the Cookie Monster has released a parody that I much prefer.
See, I grew up with Cookie Monster and the rest of Sesame Street as a little kid who had nothing much besides PBS to watch, and it’s in part because of Cookie Monster that cookies were the first of many things I learned to bake. As early as 2009, he released my favorite song, “C is for Cookie (and that’s good enough for me).”
But then Cookie Monster turned to the dark side. The evil Veggie Monster appeared in 2010 and got Cookie Monster to spout such nonsense propaganda as “Cookies are a sometimes food.” A sometimes food? Is he trying to starve the Cookie Monster? He has a carefully tailored metabolism that requires proper cookie nourishment. Just like all children require a proper allocation of cookies to survive.
So I’m glad to see that Cookie Monster is finally taking his civic duty more seriously again. Remember, if you have a cookie, share it maybe. Learning that United would follow American and start providing cookies on some first class flights was one of the best days of this year as far as travel is concerned. I’ll share my own recipe (modified from Toll House, which I memorized around age 5) for chocolate chip cookies you can make at home:
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour (11.25 oz, best to weigh it)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (or substitute ground coffee)
***Sift or mix with a fork and set aside***
- 2 sticks unsalted butter (or omit salt above if using salted butter)
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
***Cream well for 1-2 minutes***
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
***Add to butter/sugar mixture and blend until just mixed***
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- flour mixture
***Add to butter/sugar/eggs mixture and blend until just mixed***
Eat half the dough, then spoon out the rest and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes. Use a Silpat for best results. Cool on the sheet. Then eat the cookies. Or share them. Maybe.